Planning to obtain a grant is a vital phase in the development, implementation, as well as evaluation of the entire program or project. It is all about building partnerships between people, organizations, and the community as a whole.
Factors to Win Funds
To help you make your plans in line with your project goals and objectives, you need to consider certain factors to make sure that it will work and meet your expectations.
1. Address the problem.
Gaps are the main reason grant seekers like you are requesting for funding, which can be material, seasonal, or something else.What gaps in the community that must be addressed? Who will address these gaps and how are these going to be addressed? Most of all, what should be met using grant funds is the community’s need, not yours.
2. Describe your prospect.
Draw a clear picture of what you want to achieve in your program. It should not only describe specifically an action to be done in a certain period of time, but also explain how these will make a good change once the whole plan is completed.
3. Measure your action.
You need to determine how you will know if your actions are going toward success, or if you are already there. This is a chance to validate your vision and plan of action. Are you doing it right or is there a need to change or adjust it? What do you need to resolve this issue?
4. Develop community participation.
Having many volunteers and donors in your project shows community participation. They give a human face to your vision, which makes more people connected. Community participation also means they believe in the experience, accomplishments, and qualifications of your management team to undertake a project.
5. Overcome barriers.
What are the possible risks that will happen? You need to identify the potential problems or barriers that may occur in the future, and how you will resolve them. Recognizing such roadblocks is a professional way of managing a program. Plan what you are going to do when you anticipate such obstacles. Who are the people more likely to help you?
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